How to choose the right school

to learn Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Choosing the right school to learn Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a crucial decision that will shape your career and professional development. At ACATCM, we pride ourselves on being a leading institution in TCM education, research, and clinical practice. We believe that the education and training you receive should equip you with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience to achieve your goals and aspirations.

Here are some essential factors to consider when choosing the right school for you:

  1. Accreditation and Recognition

When choosing a school to study acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, it’s essential to ensure that the institution is accredited by a recognized regulatory agency. At the Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM), we are proud to be accredited by reputable organizations such as the College of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAA), the Private Vocational Training Act (PVTA), and the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies for Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA). These accreditations guarantee that our programs adhere to the highest standards of education and training in the field.

In addition to the above-mentioned accreditations, ACATCM is also accredited by the National Certification Commission For Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the United States. Our school code is 70031. This accreditation further emphasizes the quality of education and training that ACATCM provides to its students.

Overall, accreditation is crucial in ensuring that the education and training provided by a school meet industry standards and requirements. Students can rest assured that ACATCM’s accreditations reflect our commitment to providing the best education and training to our students.

  1. Experienced and Qualified Faculty

Choose a school with experienced and qualified faculty who are experts in their field, have extensive clinical experience, and are dedicated to teaching and mentoring students. At ACATCM, our faculty consists of highly respected practitioners and educators who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and skills with students.

  1. Comprehensive Curriculum

Look for a school with a comprehensive curriculum that covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. At ACATCM, our curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in TCM theory and practice, as well as hands-on clinical experience.

  1. Research Component

Choose a school that prioritizes research and provides opportunities for students to participate in research projects. At ACATCM, we are a leading research institution in acupuncture and TCM, and our students have the opportunity to participate in research studies alongside experienced researchers. Our commitment to conducting meaningful research that has a profound impact on individuals while paving advancements in TCM is unmatched. We believe that the pursuit and power of research are pivotal to learning about and advancing TCM.

  1. Pan-Canadian Licensing Exams Passing Rate

The Pan-Canadian Examinations are an essential requirement for graduates who wish to become registered acupuncturists and practitioners of TCM. It is crucial to choose a school with a high passing rate in these exams, as it indicates that the school provides excellent education and training. At ACATCM, our students consistently achieve a high passing rate in the Pan-Canadian Examinations.

  1. Check the school culture

School culture refers to the shared values, beliefs, behaviors, and practices that shape the learning environment of a school. It is a vital aspect of a school’s overall success as it influences the attitudes, behaviors, and relationships of everyone within the school community, including students, teachers, staff, and administrators. It is important to get a sense of the ‘culture’ of the school that you are considering attending. After all, you will be spending three to four years with your instructors and fellow students in both classroom and clinic settings.

At ACATCM, our institution’s culture is one of collaboration, mentorship, and community involvement. We aim to foster a supportive and inclusive learning environment that inspires our students to achieve their full potential in TCM practice

  1. Visit your prospective school if possible

Visit your prospective school and touring the campus is absolutely essential. See and feel the atmosphere, environment, and people you will be spending time with and see whether the institution is right for you. If you have the opportunity, interview both current and former students. We also recommend prospective students prepare a question list prior to the school visit.


  • We promote a safe, supportive, and respectful learning environment, foster positive relationships between students and staff, and enhance academic achievement.
  • We promote open communication, encourage collaboration and teamwork, recognize and value diversity, and provide opportunities for professional development and growth for all staff members.
  • We encourage collaboration, inclusivity, and engagement among all members of the school community.

When considering where to learn acupuncture and TCM, ACATCM is the clear choice for those who want to receive a top-quality education that sets them up for success in this growing field.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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